Sekhukhune - Premier Mathabatha and MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya, activated the Back-toSchool campaign to mark the start of the 2023 academic year in Sekhukhune District.

At the beginning of each academic calendar the Department assess the state of readiness of schools across the province to advance any form of assistance from the earliest possible point in the year. All members of the executive committee were deployed to various schools in the province as part of monitoring the readiness for the academic year 2023. The delegation was part of the province`s teams visiting schools across the province to assess their state of readiness for the resumption of the schooling programme. The focus was on highly enrolled schools and schools that did not perform well in 2021. The programme of this campaign had two segments in it. Firstly, the delegation met with school management bodies which are led by the school principal, secondly, they addressed learners, encouraged and motivates them as they steady themselves to negotiate the year ahead. During the meeting sessions between the government delegation, the school management, and the School Governing Body (SGBs) principals give profiles of their schools. It is the profiles of schools that determine the nature of interventions needed in each school. “The majority of our schools issued stationery and textbooks, while all learners eligible for feeding are fed in our schools that are participating in the NSNP. Furthermore, the reports I received from our ten Education Districts is that attendance of learners at all our schools is satisfactory”, said Premier Mathabatha. The Department takes this opportunity to welcome all the role-players back in schools and to extend best wishes for the year 2023.

                        Story by: Thabo Mashitisho